Basketball Queensland deliver praiseworthy events in COVID-Safe way

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Throughout September and October, Basketball Queensland (BQ) delivered a fantastic array of Championship Tournaments that were contested across Queensland.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose challenges across all areas of the sporting world, BQ implemented COVIDSafe plans across all venues that hosted their Champion Basketball School of Queensland (CBSQ) and numerous State Championship events that were in line with the organisation’s wider indoor COVIDSafe Industry plan.

As per QLD Health requirements, BQ’s COVIDSafe plan for these events required every court to have a prescribed number of spectators for each game, to which the state body implemented an online booking system for spectators to assist in monitoring this aspect.

The inaugural CSBQ Primary 3×3 event held at Logan Basketball’s Cornubia Park Sports Centre saw 44 teams compete across a two-day period, while a total of 124 teams at the CSBQ Open event which was held across three venues on a total of 11 courts over four competition days.

Played across Queensland – in Cairns, Logan, Mackay and Townsville – the BQ State Championships were spread over a two-week time period from September 17 to October 5, and experienced a high participation rate with:

  • 84 x Under-16s teams
  • 63 x Under-14s teams
  • 48 x Under-12s teams

The final event for BQ was the inaugural CSBQ Junior Secondary event which was held in mid October with 115 teams taking part.

BQ’s Chief Operating Officer Joshua Pascoe praised BQ staff for their commitment to providing each tournament in the midst of the challenges COVID-19 posed.

“Our staff were incredible in the lead up to and during our Champion School and State Championship tournaments, working tirelessly on draws and COVIDSafe plans to make sure everything went ahead.

“There is an enormous amount of work and preparation that goes into holding a State tournament and to run eight back-to-back in such a short period of time, two of which we held for the first time, was a challenge that our staff and associations rose to.

“For us, it was important to get these tournaments running to give players, coaches, and officials the opportunity to get back on the court and a lot of the feedback we received reflected that. Everyone was just happy they had the opportunity to play again.

”A special thanks to our host associations as well. We couldn’t have run these tournaments without the dedicated staff and volunteers at our host associations. They were fantastic in helping keep our COVIDSafe plans in place” concluded Pascoe.

For more information on the BQ State Championships, click here.

Image courtesy of Basketball Queensland.